New to the forum, new to Interceptors, first day with a new bike

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  1. Norcoastal

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    Day one of my restore. I love working on things. I’ve restored bikes, boats and motorcycles. I’ve built a Norton Commando from only a frame and engine case. I’ve restored old Triumphs, BSA’s and Ducati’s.

    I’ve ridden all my life. I’ve owned everything from a Kawasaki KZ400 to a 1300 cc Ducati XDiavel.

    But now I’m 64 and move a little slower and my need for speed isn’t important. A fun bike to ride and own is what I was looking for.

    In the 80’s I had a Honda Nighthawk S in red and wanted an Interceptor ever since.

    I picked this up today for $1,000. It’s all original with no mods. It’s in nice shape but needs cleaning up.

    The guy I bought it from just replaced the carbs, but hasn’t had it running.

    I’m not a mechanic, I’m more of a cleaner and Detailer, but I know my way around a bike.

    I’m looking forward to getting started!
     

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    Looks like a good project, welcome. Make sure you check the condition of the cam lobes and followers before spending too much elsewhere.
     
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    Thanks, I’ve been reading about that.
     
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    Welcome. That looks to be in decent shape. Def explore what's under the valve covers.

    How many miles?
     
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    It has 30,000. Doesn’t sound too bad…
     
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    Most of those bikes that had problems, usually would have shit themselves already at that mileage. BUT, seriously take the time and inspect the cams closely. I have one engine with about 20K that had a little pitting (but no real wear) on one of the lobes. I just decided to run it and keep good fresh oil in it because it sounded so good. If / when it eats itself I will just throw another engine (or top end) in it. Fuck it. But I have quite the spares department.
     
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    So I actually bought a second one for $350. I’m going to tackle this one first. The red one is in nice shape and I think I’m going to keep it original. The blue one is in bad shape and I’m starting the deconstruction.

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    It’s a big project, but will be fun. What do most guys do with a rusty frame? Paint or powdercoat?

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